Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/25/2015

In the wake of last week’s terror attack on a Thalys train, French President François Hollande said that France needs to impose tighter security on trains. Meanwhile, M. Hollande vigorously condemned an arson attack on a mosque near Toulouse in southern France.

In other news, the focus of the Balkan migration crisis shifted as thousands of refugees streamed into Serbia after Macedonia relaxed its controls at the Greek border.

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Financial Crisis
» A New Symbol Has Been Cast: People — Property — Liberty
» Bear Grip Tightens on Emerging Stocks as Half of 30 Markets Wilt
» China a Threat to Global Economy: France
» It is Time to Kick Prepping Into Overdrive, Because This Stock Market Crash is Just the Beginning
» Italy: Milan Rallies 5.86%, Recouping Monday’s Losses
» Pension Funds Sue Big Banks Over Manipulation of $12.7 Trillion Treasuries Market
» Stock Up on Canned Food for Stock Market Crash, Warns Former Gordon Brown Adviser
 
USA
» Bernie’s Billionaires
» Critics Slam New ‘Black Lives Matter’ Textbook for Sixth-Graders
» Dawn Sends Sharper Scenes From Ceres
» Denver Police Arrest ‘Jury Nullification’ Activist for Passing Out Informational Pamphlets
» Flamethrower Sales Are Booming as Potential Ban Looms
» How HUD Will Legally Enslave Your Community
» Judge Orders ISIS Recruit to Rehab, Not Jail
» Post American Culture: Becoming a Separated Tribal Nation
» Private Space Stations Could be a Reality by 2025
» Privately-Owned Space Stations Are Just Over the Horizon
» Researchers Find Horse Meat and Other Undeclared Species in Products Labeled Ground
» SWAT Team Raids Wrong Home, Residents Say
» Willis Eschenbach and the Myth of the “Sixth Wave of Extinction”
 
Canada
» Viking Aurora: Northern Lights Wow Photographer in Newfoundland
 
Europe and the EU
» “The Rhynie Man” May Have Guarded a Pictish Fort
» 4 Dead in Northern France Shooting, Including Policeman, Baby
» 800 Potential ISIL Terrorists Back in Europe ‘Prepared to Do Anything’
» Billionaires Wanted to Fund Private Mars Colony
» Briton on Train Attack: ‘I’m Not Going to be the Guy Who Dies Sitting Down’
» Finland: Posti to Trial Package Deliveries Via Helicopter Drones
» France Train Shooting: Attack ‘Was Well Prepared’
» France: Hollande Condemns Arson Attack on Mosque
» France ‘Must Prepare for Other Attacks’: Hollande
» French Teen Stabbed to Death for ‘Dirty Look’
» French Minister Calls for Tougher Train Security
» Gaia’s First Year
» Germany: Burnt Bratwurst Causes Munich Station Panic
» Hard-Left UK Pol Who Compared US to ISIS Poised to be Next Labor Leader
» Italy: Casamonica Relatives Placed Under House Arrest
» Michel Houellebecq: French Satirical Novelist in ‘Verbal Brawl’ With Le Monde Newspaper
» My Method of Disproving Islam
» Mycenaean Palace Complex Excavated
» Netherlands: Rijksmuseum to Raise €160m for Two Early Rembrandt Portraits
» Planet’s First Flower Bloomed in Spain 130 Million Years Ago
» Prague to Host Conference on Threats of Islamism
» Report: Swiss Are Freest People in Europe
» Students Face Years in Swedish Housing Queue
» Swiss Army Ends 31-Day Cow Rescue Mission
» The 3-D Printed Violin That Could Lead to a New Stradivarius
» Three Dead and Four Injured in Shooting at Traveller Camp in France
» Three Dead in Roma Camp Shootout in France
» Turkey’s Locally Built Attack Helicopter Makes First Public Appearance in Poland
» US Media Blackout: France Oppose Vaccines
» Why the ‘Prime Meridian of the World’ Shifted Hundreds of Feet
» Without Britain There is No EU, Finland Says
 
North Africa
» 14 Arrested in Counter-Terrorist Operation Between Morocco, Spain
» France: Gunman ‘Visited Jihadist Site’ Before Train Attack
 
Middle East
» Assad ‘Confident’ of Russian Support for Syria Regime
» Could a Trash Crisis in Lebanon Bring Hezbollah to Power?
» Erdogan Calls Fresh Elections in Turkey
» French President Hollande’s Message to Turkey: Strike ISIS Not Kurds
» ISIS Propaganda Images Purport to Show Destruction of Temple at Palmyra
» Lebanon: 3 Dead as Hundreds Flee Palestinian Camp
» Saudi Arabia ‘Carrying Out One Execution Every Two Days’
» Saudi Arabia Executes 175 People in a Year — Amnesty
» Turkey’s Top Religious Body Slams ‘Jedi Religion’
 
Russia
» Russian Court Sentences Ukrainian Film-Maker Oleg Sentsov to 20 Years for ‘Terrorism’
» Ukraine Crisis: Crimean Tatars Uneasy Under Russia Rule
 
South Asia
» India: Still No Justice for Kandhamal’s Christians Seven Years After Pogroms
» Indonesian Ulema Tell 42-Year-Old Man Named ‘God’ To Change His Name or Lose His Rights
» Pakistan: Faisalabad: Christian Family Forced to Flee From Place to Place After Wife Converts From Islam
» Sumatran Rhino Goes Extinct in the Wild in Malaysia
 
Far East
» China Cognac Lover Barred After Downing $190 Bottle in Airport Row
» Japanese Cargo Ship Delivers Mice, Booze and More to Space Station
» Report: 50 North Korean Submarines Vanish From Western Radar
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australian Cop Charged for Leaking Footage of Fellow Officers Beating Detainee
» Tiny Trackers Could Help Solve Global Bee Death Mystery
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» China State-Owned Arms Firm Sold $20 Million in Weapons to South Sudan During Conflict
» Human Ancestors May Have Butchered Animals 3.4 Million Years Ago
» Zim’s White Farmers Brace Themselves for More Land Grabs
 
Latin America
» Honduras Teenage Girl Wakes Up in Coffin After Being Buried Alive by Mistake
 
Immigration
» Austria: People Smuggler Sedated Refugee Children
» Austria: Scores Injured in Migrant Smuggling Van Crash
» Austria: Migrant Crisis a ‘Humanitarian Disaster’
» Balkan Migrant Emergency Shifts to Serbia
» Belgium: “Asylum Crisis: Every Country Has to Step in!”
» Benefits Are Luring False Asylum-Seekers to EU, Says Serbian PM
» Czech Minister Wants NATO to Help Guard EU Against Migrants
» Europe ‘Must Open Official Channels for Migrants’
» Europe Still Has Time to Help Greece With Its Refugee Crisis
» Europe Risks Becoming ‘Rescue Boat That Sinks Beneath the Weight of Those Clinging Onto it’
» Finns Party Parliamentary Chair: More Resources Needed for Processing Asylum Seekers
» Germany and France Want Unified Asylum Response
» Germany Drops EU Rules to Allow in Syrian Refugees
» Germany Challenges EU to Agree on Refugee Plan
» Hungary Claims Record Daily Migrant Intake
» Hungary Registered More Than 100,000 Refugees in 2015
» Italy: Asylum-Seekers Protest Over Living Conditions
» Italy and Greece Must Act Now on Migrants: Merkel
» Italy Saves Lives Even if it Costs Votes Says Renzi
» Keep Borders Open, Pleads EU Chief: Juncker Says Removal of Checkpoints Between 26 Nations is ‘One of Our Very Greatest Achievements’
» Mass Immigration and the Undoing of Europe
» Migrant Crisis to Hijack Western Balkans Summit
» Norway: Oslo Police Slammed for Roma Discrimination
» Number of Foreigners Living in Britain Will Top Eight Million for the First Time, Says Report
» On the Balkan Route
» Refugee Influx Poses New Challenges for German Pediatrics
» Refugees Race Into Hungary as Border Fence Nears Completion
» Times Reports ANSA Arranged-Marriage Terror Reportage
» UN Says 7,000 Migrants Have Crossed Into Serbia From Macedonia Since Friday
» ‘Walls and Tear Gas Won’t Stop Migrants’, UN Rapporteur
» With ‘Anchor Babies,’ Another Distraction for Jeb Bush’s Campaign
 
Culture Wars
» Planned Parenthood’s Supporters: Unhinged Satanists Who “Drown” Women in Milk — Video
 
General
» Nanotube Implants Show Diagnostic Potential
 

A New Symbol Has Been Cast: People — Property — Liberty

These are all things Americans normally think of as personal choice when choosing how and where we want to live. However, what is not mentioned in the new “vision” for our future is how the professional and government planners have determined that none of it is possible unless they design our cities, control our private property and rule over our personal life choices.

A global financial crisis is coming. Currently there are 23 nations around the world where stock market crashes are already happening, nations like China, South Korea, Brazil, Greece, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine, Singapore, and Taiwan, and there are more to come. Many analysts believe these stock market crashes are all coming from China, the world’s second biggest economy; emerging markets were already feeling the squeeze last week, when China devalued its currency, the Yuan. The UK Telegraph, one of the most influential papers in the world, ran a headline entitled “Doomsday Clock for Global Market Crash One Minute to Midnight as Central Bankers Lose Control.” But the real question is: have the central bankers really lost control? To answer that question we have to understand who the central bankers really are and who really controls the global economic system.

[Comment: Banksters want chaos…order from chaos…their new communist world order will “rise like a phoenix” (in their terms)…gag…]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Bear Grip Tightens on Emerging Stocks as Half of 30 Markets Wilt

One after another, stock markets in the developing world are sinking into bear territory.

Fifteen of the 30 largest equity markets among emerging economies have extended losses from their peaks to 20 percent or more, fulfilling traders’ definition of a bear market. China and Russia have led the pack, tumbling more than 30 percent each. The remainder are either in a correction, or on the brink.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

China a Threat to Global Economy: France

China’s faltering growth poses a threat to a recovery in the global economy, France’s economy minister Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday, calling for urgent action to bolster the eurozone.

“The world economy is recovering but not as much as we wish. It’s a very long process. On the one hand, we have opportunities… but on the other hand, there are many risks, particularly China today,” he told a conference of German ambassadors in Berlin.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

It is Time to Kick Prepping Into Overdrive, Because This Stock Market Crash is Just the Beginning

Just remember what happened back in 2008. That crisis took most people totally by surprise.

Millions of Americans lost their jobs, and because most of them were living paycheck to paycheck, all of a sudden most of them couldn’t pay the rent or the mortgage either. Large numbers of families that were once living a comfortable middle class lifestyle suddenly found themselves destitute. Well, this coming crisis is going to be even worse by the time it is all said and done, and it is not just going to be economic in nature. Over the past two trading days, the Dow has gone down more than a thousand points. The shaking that so many have warned about has begun. As this shaking plays out, you and your family will need cash, food, supplies and a whole bunch of other things. If you do not already have everything prepared, then you need to kick your prepping into overdrive because we are on a very compressed time frame now.

But don’t just take my word for it. A top adviser to former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown named Damian McBride is saying the same thing… A former adviser to Gordon Brown has urged people to stock up on canned goods and bottled water as stock markets around the world slide.

And he didn’t just speak in generalities. According to an article in one of the most important newspapers in the UK, McBride is urging his fellow citizens to do some very specific things…

‘Advice on the looming crash, No.1: get hard cash in a safe place now; don’t assume banks & cashpoints will be open, or bank cards will work,’ he tweeted.

‘Crash advice No.2: do you have enough bottled water, tinned goods & other essentials at home to live a month indoors? If not, get shopping.

‘Crash advice No.3: agree a rally point with your loved ones in case transport and communication gets cut off; somewhere you can all head to.’

All of that is great advice.

But I wonder why he is so concerned about people being able to live a month indoors. Does he know something that the rest of us do not?

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Milan Rallies 5.86%, Recouping Monday’s Losses

PBOC in biggest market intervention since January 2014

(ANSA) — Rome, August 25 — The Milan bourse rallied 5.86% Tuesday, leading Europe’s main markets, after the People’s Bank of China made its biggest intervention since January 2014, pumping 150 billion yuan ($23.4 million) into the market to try to staunch the biggest financial blood-letting since 2008.

The PBOC’s move, however, didn’t halt another dramatic day in Shanghai which closed 7.6% down.

But Europe recovered after losing 411 billion euros in stock value Monday with London following Milan’s lead and posting a 3.09% gain, Frankfurt 4.97% up, Paris up 4.14% and Athens 9.3%.

Stocks were also on the upswing on Wall Street, with the Dow Jones up 2.15% and the Nasdaq up 3.5%.

Analysts said Thursday’s meeting of the European Central Bank will look at renewed deflation risks from the ‘China Syndrome’ while Italy’s growth prospects could be hurt, lowering its potential for using the flexibility allowed inside single-currency parameters.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Pension Funds Sue Big Banks Over Manipulation of $12.7 Trillion Treasuries Market

At least two government pension funds have sued major banks, accusing them of manipulating the $12.7 trillion market for U.S. Treasury bonds to drive up profits, thereby costing the funds — and taxpayers — millions of dollars.

As with another case earlier this year, in which major banks were found to have manipulated the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), traders are accused of using electronic chat rooms and instant messaging to drive up the price that secondary customers pay for Treasury bonds, then conspiring to drop the price banks pay the government for the bonds, increasing the spread, or profit, for the banks. This also ends up costing taxpayers more to borrow money.

In the latest complaint, the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System is suing Barclays Capital, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC Securities, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and others, according to Courthouse News Service. Last month State-Boston Retirement System (SBRS) filed a similar complaint against 22 banks, many of which are the same defendants in the Oklahoma suit.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Stock Up on Canned Food for Stock Market Crash, Warns Former Gordon Brown Adviser

A former adviser to Gordon Brown has urged people to stock up on canned goods and bottled water as stock markets around the world slide.

Damian McBride appeared to suggest that the stock market dip could lead to civil disorder or other situations where it would be unreasonable for someone to leave the house.

‘Advice on the looming crash, No.1: get hard cash in a safe place now; don’t assume banks & cashpoints will be open, or bank cards will work,’ he tweeted.

‘Crash advice No.2: do you have enough bottled water, tinned goods & other essentials at home to live a month indoors? If not, get shopping.

‘Crash advice No.3: agree a rally point with your loved ones in case transport and communication gets cut off; somewhere you can all head to.’

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Bernie’s Billionaires

Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is running against some — but not all — billionaires. On Saturday, at a campaign appearance in South Carolina, he singled out the Koch brothers as ‘greedy.’ But Roger Morgan, the author of a book on hedge fund operator and billionaire George Soros, wonders how greedy Soros has been, and whether the media will bother to take a look. He notes that the hedge fund operator’s net worth rose from about $9 billion before President Obama took office to over $24 billion today.

How did this happen? Was he just a good investor? Did he have inside information? Was he the beneficiary of crony capitalism? Why don’t the investigative reporters get busy on this story?

We have searched in vain for anything in the public record suggesting that socialist Sanders is concerned in the least about how Soros has made his money. While the Koch brothers make products that are useful to people, Soros manipulated and exchanged currencies to make his initial fortune. He was convicted of insider trading in France. His currency manipulations against the Bank of England, which damaged the Pound and hurt the investments of ordinary people, earned him $1 billion.

These maneuvers would seem to make him a more attractive target for a socialist like Sanders. Yet, Sanders is silent on Soros. Why?

The answer, quite simply, is that Soros has poured a lot of his money into socialist causes. One of the biggest causes into which Soros has poured millions of dollars is the legalization of dangerous drugs. In March, when Sanders spoke at Marianne Williamson’s Sister Giant conference, he appeared on the same stage as Lynne Lyman, California state director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a major Soros-funded group. Williamson, a so-called New Age spiritual teacher, ran for Congress andadvocated legalizing marijuana.

Publicly, Sanders supports decriminalization and ‘medical’ marijuana. But Chelsea G. Summers of the New Republic discovered a 1972 Sanders letter to a local newspaper, in which he said he supported abolishing ‘all laws dealing with abortion, drugs, sexual behavior (adultery, homosexuality, etc.)’ as part of his campaign for the governorship of Vermont.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Critics Slam New ‘Black Lives Matter’ Textbook for Sixth-Graders

NEW YORK — Students across America could soon get the left’s take on the Black Lives Matter movement courtesy of a new Common Core aligned textbook.

The Black Lives Matter book is geared toward sixth through 12th grade students and was recently featured on Fox & Friends Weekend, where black lawyer and writer Larry Elder explained why he believes it’s a pile of garbage.

‘It’s indoctrinating young kids, teaching them that black people are victims and, by the way, you, as white people, ought to feel really, really guilty about it,’ Elder said, according to BizPacReview.com. ‘Nevermind the election, and re-election of a black president.’

It’s unclear what lessons are included in the book, but its description gives the sense it won’t be the hard facts about how black criminals have put themselves in situations that ended their life at the hands of white police officers.

Judging by the publishing schedule, it also seems unlikely the book will include recent antics by Black Lives Protestors at political rallies, where the movement’s most radical factions have shut down peaceful gatherings for Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and heckled Martin O’Malley. It’s also unclear how the book covers race riots that engulfed cities like Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland in the wake of grand jury decisions not to indict white officers that killed black criminals.

Elder believes the book totally misses the biggest problems facing blacks in America, and the refusal of Black Lives Matter to acknowledge the obvious is only making matters worse.

At the top of the list, he said, is ‘the implosion of the black family’ brought on by Democratic political policies.

[Comment: Indoctrination and propaganda designed to create good little commies who hate whitey. ie. child abuse by “educating” with lies.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Dawn Sends Sharper Scenes From Ceres

The closest-yet views of Ceres, delivered by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, show the small world’s features in unprecedented detail, including Ceres’ tall, conical mountain; crater formation features and narrow, braided fractures.

“Dawn is performing flawlessly in this new orbit as it conducts its ambitious exploration. The spacecraft’s view is now three times as sharp as in its previous mapping orbit, revealing exciting new details of this intriguing dwarf planet,” said Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer and mission director, based at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

At its current orbital altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers), Dawn takes 11 days to capture and return images of Ceres’ whole surface. Each 11-day cycle consists of 14 orbits. Over the next two months, the spacecraft will map the entirety of Ceres six times.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Denver Police Arrest ‘Jury Nullification’ Activist for Passing Out Informational Pamphlets

Most of you will be familiar with the concept of jury nullification. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Americans are not. This is precisely why Mark Iannicelli set up a ‘Jury Info’ booth outside the Lindsay-Flanigan Courthouse in Denver. In a nutshell, jury nullification is the idea that jurors can ‘can ignore the law and follow their conscience when they believe the law would dictate a miscarriage of justice.’ In other words, jurors have the right to judge the law as well as the facts. As you will see in the video at the end, this concept has centuries of precedence in these United States behind it.

When you recognize the vast power that such a concept holds, you recognize why it would be so hated by statists and authoritarians across the land. That is precisely why Mr. Iannicelli was arrested and charged with handing out information.

For a little background, read the following from the Denver Post:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Flamethrower Sales Are Booming as Potential Ban Looms

When they outlaw flamethrowers, only outlaws will have flamethrowers.

Consumer flamethrowers are all the rage right now, and it has at least one city considering whether they should be legal.

According to Ars Technica, a Troy, Michigan bill that’s been proposed in the face of flamethrower popularity would classify “storage, use, and possession of flamethrowers in the city” as a misdemeanor, punishable by a $500 fine, up to 90 days in jail, or both. Oh, and the flamethrower would be confiscated, of course.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

How HUD Will Legally Enslave Your Community

Communities receiving HUD grants must complete an Assessment of Fair Housing that requires recipients to analyze occupancy data including, race, color, religion, national origins, English proficiency[iii] and more along with a list of factors that might contribute to an imbalance of living patterns between low, middle, and upper middle-income families. Imbalances might be the result of segregation or disproportionate housing needs based on race, color, religion, national origins and more.

Recipients then create a list of community assets such as parks, recreation areas, schools and jobs along with a breakdown of any barriers[iv] that might prevent access by all community members. A barrier might be as simple as an application requirement for public housing, home size, or a neighborhood voicing resistance to having low-income housing next door. Once the recipients identify the barriers, they submit a mitigation plan for HUD’s approval.

Through each process step, HUD maintains control. The Assessment of Fair Housing even measures the success of your community outreach against HUD’s own national standards.[v] HUD provides, and communities must use, nationally and regionally uniform data[vi] to create their assessment.

Sound exhausting? You are just beginning. AFFH also makes you provide a similar regional Assessment of Fair Housing.

As Stanley Kurz, author of “Spreading the Wealth” explains,

“it’s not enough for, say, Philadelphia’s “Mainline” Montgomery County suburbs to analyze their own populations by race, ethnicity, and class to determine whether there are any imbalances in where groups live, or in access to schools, parks, transportation, and jobs. Those suburbs are also obligated to compare their own housing situations to the Greater Philadelphia region as a whole.” [vii]

If you think AFFH will not apply to your community, you are wrong. The new regulation targets each of the nation’s 74,000 census tracts[viii] and applies to current, future and past recipients of Community Development Block Grants, HOME Investment Partnerships, Emergency Solutions Grants and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Judge Orders ISIS Recruit to Rehab, Not Jail

(DAILY BEAST) An American citizen who pleaded guilty to supporting ISIS was ordered by a federal judge to leave jail and go to a halfway home instead. That rehab center was run by a group that had no prior experience with would-be Islamic terrorists, The Daily Beast has learned.

Abdullahi Yusuf of Minnesota was allowed to depart from jail and stay at a halfway home after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to the so-called Islamic State widely known as ISIS in January. (Yusuf was stopped at the airport trying to fly to Turkey in May 2014, at age 18.) Once inside the halfway home, Yusuf was to be “de-radicalized” through regular meetings with a counselor whose curriculum looked more like a high-school civics course than religious deprogramming.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Post American Culture: Becoming a Separated Tribal Nation

If you look at Ferguson, New York, Baltimore, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Los Angeles—you see the ramifications of multiculturalism. Angry, dysfuctional and disjuctive. Notice the racial makeup of those cities. Notice that Americans flee those cities by the hundreds of thousands. One look at Detroit, Michigan shows you a new tribal separation in the form of Islam within America.

[Comment: Balkanization is what banksters want, easier for them to impose a new communist world order. No strong nation state to oppose them.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Private Space Stations Could be a Reality by 2025

SAN JOSE, California — There are strong prospects that commercial space stations will become a reality within the next 10 years if entrepreneurs and NASA can properly manage the tricky transition from the government-run International Space Station to privately built and operated facilities, experts say.

“This is an exciting moment,” said Alex MacDonald, program executive for NASA’s Emerging Space Office. “We are going to have a legitimate opportunity to run that great experiment of privately owned facilities, if you guys are able to raise the money to do it. And that’s really the exciting part.”

MacDonald was addressing entrepreneurs who were on a commercial space station panel with him at the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace 2015 conference, which took place here last month.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Privately-Owned Space Stations Are Just Over the Horizon

Welcome to the Taco Bell Intergalactic Astrobell Observatory

Private spaceflight, space tourism, private asteroid mining. All of these are in the works, or here already. But Alex MacDonald, program executive for NASA’s Emerging Space Office, wants a new first for private space exploration: privately-owned space stations. In a talk at the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace 2015 conference, MacDonald says the idea is only 10 years away. All that’s in the way are bureaucratic hurdles.

MacDonald envisions the private space community using privately-owned space stations as innovation labs, with NASA renting time aboard them for their own experiments, many of which would be conducted by the private personnel. Currently, the agency has no plans for how to replace the International Space Station after it permanently closes its hatch doors in 2024.

Companies like Bigelow and Almaz both have space stations under development, and other plans are likely in the works, if not exactly public.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Researchers Find Horse Meat and Other Undeclared Species in Products Labeled Ground

Most people don’t give much thought into what is in a package of ground beef, but two shocking new studies conducted by Chapman University researchers show that what the labels on meat products say and what consumers actually consume are sometimes very different things.

One study focused on identification of species found in ground meat products, while the other zeroed in on game meat species labeling. All of the products examined were sold on the U.S. commercial market. Researchers found examples of species mishandling in both studies.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

SWAT Team Raids Wrong Home, Residents Say

Marianne Diaz and her fiancé, Bryant Alequin, felt their lives were in danger when a SWAT team raided their third-floor apartment on Hillside Street with guns drawn.

Diaz says she grabbed her seven-year-old and 18-month-old girls and prayed while Worcester police officers and State Police troopers executed a search warrant.

“It was terrorizing, and the worst thing I’ve ever been through in my life. They were loud, vulgar, and disgusting in behavior,” she said.

It happened on Wednesday around 5:30 in the morning.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Willis Eschenbach and the Myth of the “Sixth Wave of Extinction”

Willis Eschenbach, who takes pride in saying that he is not a trained scientist but has logged thousands of hours of research on the subject, was the first person to file a FOIA request for the infamous data from the University of East Anglia CRU. Hackers downloaded emails from said university that had shown that scientists had manipulated the data to agree with the global warming theory.

Eschenbach lectured an audience in California about the “Myth of Species Extinction,” more specifically, the legend that humans have caused the disappearance of countless birds and mammals with their existence and industrial activity.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Viking Aurora: Northern Lights Wow Photographer in Newfoundland

This stunning image of an aurora was taken was taken in Norstead, a Viking village replica.

The Norstead Viking Village in L’anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland is the only confirmed Viking site in North America. Astrophotographer Adam Woodworth took the image on June 22 while visiting the area.

“The aurora was coming from all directions it seemed like, this was the first time I’d witnessed a strong aurora display so far north. L’anse aux Meadows is near the northern most tip of Newfoundland, certainly the farthest north I’ve ever been. An experience I’ll never forget!” Woodworth wrote in an email to Space.com.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

“The Rhynie Man” May Have Guarded a Pictish Fort

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND—Gordon Noble of the University of Aberdeen and his team have returned to the site where an image of a man with a large, pointed nose wearing a headdress and carrying an ax on his shoulder was discovered on a six-foot-tall stone in 1978, near the village of Rhynie. They think the area may have been a high-status or royal Pictish site, and that the so-called Rhynie Man’s ax may have been a type that was used for ceremonies and animal sacrifice.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

4 Dead in Northern France Shooting, Including Policeman, Baby

French President Francois Hollande expressed his solidarity with victims’ families Tuesday after a police officer and three other people were killed in a shootout at a Gypsy camp in northern France.

French police were called to a camp in the Somme department earlier in the day, where they were shot at and exchanged fire. Two policemen were hit by bullets — and one died, the president’s statement said.

A Paris prosecutor said three members of the camp were also killed, including a baby, a woman and a “grandfather.”

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

800 Potential ISIL Terrorists Back in Europe ‘Prepared to Do Anything’

Around 800 potential terrorists “prepared to do anything” have returned toEurope after fighting or training with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant(Isil), Spanish security experts have warned.

Those returning are believed to have been trained in terrorist camps in Syria and Iraq, Spanish anti-terrorism forces told their European colleagues following the attack on the Amsterdam-Paris train on Friday by Ayoub El-Khazzani.

The potential terrorists “are not especially well trained”, but “they are prepared to do anything and once they have been indoctrinated, they receive minimal training in the use of weapons”, the radio station Cadena Ser quoted security experts saying.

Meanwhile on Tuesday Francois Hollande warned France must brace for further attacks.

           — Hat tip: Nick [Return to headlines]
 

Billionaires Wanted to Fund Private Mars Colony

Could the first Mars colony be called Buffettville, or Zuckerburgh?

The Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One aims to establish a permanent settlement on the Red Planet, beginning with the touchdown of the first four pioneers in 2027. The biggest challenges facing the project are financial rather than technical, so a big donation from a deep-pocketed person concerned about his or her legacy could make a huge difference, Mars One representatives said.

Mars One “is so ambitious and — I think ‘crazy’ is the right word — that we might actually get a phone call from a billionaire who says, ‘I want to make this happen. I want the first city on Mars to be called Gatesville or Slim City,” said Mars One co-founder and CEO Bas Lansdorp, presumably referring to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim Helu.

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Briton on Train Attack: ‘I’m Not Going to be the Guy Who Dies Sitting Down’

(CNN) A British man who helped subdue an apparent would-be attacker on a train in France said Tuesday that he preferred to die trying over sitting and waiting for a near-certain death.

“My position was, I’m not going to be the guy who dies sitting down,” Chris Norman told CNN’s “New Day” on Tuesday. “If you’re going to die, try to do something about it.”

Norman was among four people, including three Americans, who overpowered a man armed with a Kalashnikov automatic rifle Friday on a train from Amsterdam to Paris. Their actions are thought to have saved many lives.

The gunman has been identified by police as Ayoub El Khazzani, a 25-year-old Moroccan.

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Finland: Posti to Trial Package Deliveries Via Helicopter Drones

Postal services Posti will begin trials of drone copters for mail deliveries to the island of Suomenlinna in September. The pilot programme marks the first time that unmanned aerial vehicles have been used for the purpose in Europe.

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France Train Shooting: Attack ‘Was Well Prepared’

An attempted attack by a heavily armed man on a train in France last week was premeditated and well prepared, according to a French prosecutor.

Ayoub El-Khazzani, 25, was carrying 270 bullets for his assault rifle and a bottle of petrol, prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters on Tuesday.

The Moroccan’s phone showed that he had watched a jihadist video shortly before launching the attack, Mr Molins added.

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France: Hollande Condemns Arson Attack on Mosque

France’s President Francois Hollande has condemned an arson attack on a mosque in southern France after investigators ruled that the building was torched deliberately.

Around 70 percent of the Salame D’Auch Mosque in Auch, near Toulouse, was burned down over the weekend. While no one was injured in the blaze, flames gutted the building and destroyed two prayer rooms and large parts of the roof.

By Monday, investigators ruled that the fire was lit deliberately, confirming the suspicions of firefighters at the scene, who said that there was a strong smell of gasoline in the building at the time.

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France ‘Must Prepare for Other Attacks’: Hollande

President Francois Hollande warned on Tuesday that France must brace for further attacks, just days after a potentially devastating train massacre was foiled by passengers.

President Francois Hollande warned Tuesday that France must brace for further attacks, just days after a potential bloodbath

on a train was foiled by passengers.

“This attack is fresh proof that we must prepare for other attacks and therefore protect ourselves,” he told diplomats gathered in Paris.

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French Teen Stabbed to Death for ‘Dirty Look’

A teenager was allegedly beaten and stabbed to death by two homeless men near Paris on Sunday after he reportedly gave them a “dirty look”.

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French Minister Calls for Tougher Train Security

France’s ecology and transport minister has called for tougher security on the country’s rail networks following the attack on a train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris last week.

Four days after the foiled attack on a Paris-bound train on Friday, inevitable questions are being asked about the level of security on the country’s trains.

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Gaia’s First Year

Last Friday, 21 August, ESA’s billion-star surveyor, Gaia, completed its first year of science observations in its main survey mode.

After launch on 19 December 2013 and a six-month long in-orbit commissioning period, the satellite started routine scientific operations on 25 July 2014. Located at the Lagrange point L2, 1.5 million km from Earth, Gaia surveys stars and many other astronomical objects as it spins, observing circular swathes of the sky. By repeatedly measuring the positions of the stars with extraordinary accuracy, Gaia can tease out their distances and motions through the Milky Way galaxy.

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Germany: Burnt Bratwurst Causes Munich Station Panic

Two fire engines were called into action at Munich central station on Tuesday and local trains didn’t stop at the station for fifteen minutes — all because an overcooked bratwurst had set off a fire alarm.

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Hard-Left UK Pol Who Compared US to ISIS Poised to be Next Labor Leader

Hard-left British politician Jeremy Corbyn, who has sought warmer ties with Putin’s Russia and compared U.S. troops to ISIS, appears to be leading the race to take over one of Britain’s two major parties — a development that could have serious repercussions for the “special relationship” between the U.K. and U.S.

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Italy: Casamonica Relatives Placed Under House Arrest

For robbery

(ANSA) — Rome, August 24 — Two relatives of Rome’s Casamonica mafia clan who grabbed a smartphone from a RAI TV crew Sunday were placed under house arrest Monday.

Vincenzo and Loredana Spinelli are accused of robbery.

The Casamonicas have come under the media spotlight after a Godfather-style funeral in Rome for their former boss Vittorio Casamonica.

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Michel Houellebecq: French Satirical Novelist in ‘Verbal Brawl’ With Le Monde Newspaper

France loves an intellectual scrap. The country has been treated this week to a spectacular verbal brawl between its most respected newspaper and its most internationally acclaimed writer.

Michel Houellebecq, satirical novelist and controversialist, has been infuriated by a series of six “unauthorised” biographical articles written by Le Monde’s star reporter, Ariane Chemin.

In a statement to the French news agency, he described journalists as “parasites” and “cockroaches” and Ms Chemin as a “specialist in malicious sneakiness”.

In response, Le Monde’s editor, Jérôme Fenoglio, accused Mr Houllebecq of systematically denigrating all journalists who were not “chosen by him” to “sculpt the statue” of his own greatness.

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My Method of Disproving Islam

The islamic faith is a property of mind integrated in the believer’s brain by the family education, the school education, the sociocultural environment of the society which the believer belongs to… I was Muslim until I was 18/19. During the time I was a Muslim, I had a second religion I was aware and proud of : a religion without fate, a religion where heaven and hell are visible before death, a religion where God never speaks, a religion where God has been created by those who believe in Him, a religion where God is the (living) picture of those who believe in Him. This other religion, now my only religion, is France. I am a French patriot who has always loved this country, his country, his home, and I know that I owe to the teachers and Christian or Jew friends I have met when I was at the school of the “République”… The ability to put my Muslim life into perspective and to understand why I was who I was (and not another). French culture has incorporated in me some values that the mosque education has never managed to destroy.

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Mycenaean Palace Complex Excavated

ATHENS, GREECE—Greece’s Ministry of Culture announced that the ongoing excavations at Laconia have uncovered a palace complex dating to the fifteenth or early fourteenth centuries B.C. Ekathimerini.com reports that a fire destroyed several of the buildings, but preserved Linear B tablets and seals, which were found in what is thought to have been the palace’s archive. Records of commercial transactions, sanctuary offerings, male and female names, and names of places were among the documents written on unbaked clay. The site has also yielded a sanctuary containing clay and ivory figurines, decorative objects, and bronze swords.

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Netherlands: Rijksmuseum to Raise €160m for Two Early Rembrandt Portraits

Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is hoping to buy two early paintings by Rembrandt which will be the most expensive purchase ever made by a Dutch museum. The museum aims to raise €160m to pay for the two paintings, which are currently owned by the wealthy Rothschild family. The previous record dates from 1997, when the Dutch central bank paid €37m via a foundation to buy Mondriaan’s Victory Boogie Woogie, now on show at the Gemeente museum in The Hague. The paintings are a pair of wedding portraits which show Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit and date from 1634. They were sold to the Rothschilds by Amsterdam’s Van Loon family in 1877.

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Planet’s First Flower Bloomed in Spain 130 Million Years Ago

Around 130 million years ago what is today a mountainous area of northeastern Spain with peaks that rise to over 1,500 meters was lowlands filled with lakes. And it was within these lakes that the first flowering plant on earth appeared, and that scientists have named Montsechia vidallii, after the mountain range that subsequently emerged in the region, the Sierra del Montsec, which runs between the provinces of Cuenca and Lleida.

The first fossilized Montsechia flowers were found more than 200 years ago, but had been ignored by scientists, who mistakenly identified them as lichen, moss or even distant relatives of the pine. But after laborious work using the latest microscope technology, a team of US, Spanish and French researchers have established the true importance of Montsechia as the first angiosperm, or flowering plant.

“Montsechia is the oldest angiosperm ever found in fossilized form that includes the plant part — stem and leaves — together with its flower: fruits and seeds,” says Bernard Gomez, a French paleo-botanist at the University of Lyon, and a co-author of the study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Prague to Host Conference on Threats of Islamism

Prague, Aug 24 (CTK) — Radicalisation of European Muslim and Islamist terrorism linked to Islamic State (IS) will be among the issues on the agenda of an international conference to be held in Prague next week, Radko Hokovsky told journalists on behalf of the organisers from the European Values think-tank Monday.

The internal security of Europe is becoming crucial for the future of European integration and for the character of Europe’s liberal democratic regimes, Hokovsky said.

He said it is the existence of IS that contributes to the radicalisation of Muslims in Europe and encourages the activities of Islamist terrorists.

According to Hokovsky, IS is unlikely to be defeated by force in the years to come.

“The regional players who are capable of intervening against IS are not motivated enough,” he said.

Even if IS were destroyed, its ideology would continue to influence Muslims in Europe, mainly young ones, he said.

Central Europe does not face the problem of the radicalisation of Muslisms for the time being, Hokovsky continued.

The Muslim communities in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia are small, but they should be monitored, including the influences exerted on them from abroad. The Czech Republic, too, may face a terrorist attack sooner or later, Hokovsky said.

The conference will be held in the Chamber of Deputies on Friday, September 3.

The speakers will include Europol head Rob Wainwright, anti-terrorism coordinator of the Council of EU Gilles de Kerchove and Haras Rafiq, executive director of an influential British anti-extremist think-tank.

Seminars focusing on IS and the causes of radicalisation in Europe are scheduled for September 4-5.

Next year, European Values plans to stage a similar conference focusing on the immigration crisis.

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Report: Swiss Are Freest People in Europe

Switzerland is the second freest country in the world, and enjoys the most freedoms of any European country, according to a new report.

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Students Face Years in Swedish Housing Queue

Swedish and foreign students are set to start university in the coming weeks. But the experience will be marred for many as a report suggests thousands face up to a two-year wait for student accommodation.

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Swiss Army Ends 31-Day Cow Rescue Mission

The Swiss army has concluded its mission to airlift water to thirsty cows in the Jura and Vaud Alps after delivering 1,840 tons of water during the period of July 20th to August 19th, authorities have said.

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The 3-D Printed Violin That Could Lead to a New Stradivarius

This video of Laurent Bernadac, an engineer and lifelong musician, playing the violin looks and sounds very little like a person playing the violin. For one thing, he’s also using a looper and effects pedals to jam out something funkier and jazzier than you’d expect from an instrument more commonly associated with classical and country. But, more ostensibly, Bernadac is playing something that looks more like an avian skeleton than a stringed instrument. It’s like the ghost of a violin.

It’s a 3Dvarius, a 3-D printed electric violin. It’s based on the renowned Stradivarius violins crafted by the Stradivari family in the late 1600s and early 1700s, but you’d have a hard time sleuthing out the shared DNA between the two machines. It is, as Bernadac says, “a new kind of musical instrument,” one with an algorithmically optimized weight and a digital sound.

It also may well be a harbinger of what’s to come for musical instruments.

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Three Dead and Four Injured in Shooting at Traveller Camp in France

Three people have been killed including a child and four injured in a shooting in France, according to reports.

The shooting is understood to have taken place at 4.30pm in a traveller’s camp near Roye in the Somme, French newspaper Le Courrier Picard said.

Police and fireman are at the scene, and a military helicopter is hovering overhead. The motives for the shooting are unknown. It took place on land occupied by travellers behind a police station.

Two policeman are also among the injured as well as the child and the gunman himself, the newspaper said.

The policemen are “seriously” injured, it was reported, along with the man who allegedly opened fire first.

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Three Dead in Roma Camp Shootout in France

Three people were killed and four others seriously wounded on Tuesday in a shootout at a Roma camp in northern France, authorities said.

Among the victims were a man, a woman and a young child, while two police officers and a child were wounded

Also wounded was the man who allegedly opened fire first.

It was not immediately clear what triggered the violence in the northern town of Roye, about 110 kilometres (68 miles) north of Paris.

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Turkey’s Locally Built Attack Helicopter Makes First Public Appearance in Poland

“During the Poland Roadshow, the T129 ATAK will be presented to Polish and Turkish professionals, officials, industrial partners and the media at a private event at Warsaw-Babice Airport on Aug. 28 and it will appear once again in public, on static display at the TAI’s stand at MSPO Kielce on Sept. 1-4,” said the TAI statement.

Meanwhile, the company completed the delivery of the first fleet of T129 ATAK Multirole Combat Helicopters to the Turkish military on July 31.

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US Media Blackout: France Oppose Vaccines

‘Between 2005 and 2010, the proportion of French people in favour or very in favour of vaccination dropped from 90% to 60% (2013 INPES Peretti-Watel health barometer). The percentage of French people between the ages of 18 and 75 who are anti-vaccination increased from 8.5% in 2005 to 38.2% in 2010. In 2005, 58% of doctors questioned the usefulness of vaccines administered to children while 31% of doctors were expressing doubts about vaccine safety. These figures must surely have increased since then.’

France has punched a gaping hole in the fake consensus about vaccines.

In the US and other countries, people are taught there is an overwhelming positive attitude about vaccines. Allowing this story about France to leak and bleed into major media would refute that lie in a second.

Not only is consensus built through relentless propaganda, but when the consensus doesn’t exist because the propaganda fails, that fact is blacked out.

To put it another way, major media exist to invent consensus, and when they can’t, they hide the fact.

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Why the ‘Prime Meridian of the World’ Shifted Hundreds of Feet

Once called the Prime Meridian of the World, the invisible line running north to south that divides the world into Eastern and Western hemispheres passed through the Airy Transit Circle — a 19th-century telescopic instrument at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, England.

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Without Britain There is No EU, Finland Says

“Without the United Kingdom there is no European Union,” Finnish finance minister Alexander Stubb told reporters after meeting his British counterpart in Helsinki on Monday, Reuters reports. George Osborne is touring Scandinavia to drum up support for London’s push to reform the 28-nation bloc.

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14 Arrested in Counter-Terrorist Operation Between Morocco, Spain

The arrests of those suspected of recruiting for Isis were made in the suburbs of Madrid and in various cities across Morocco, the Spanish interior ministry said on Tuesday.

The joint operation between Morocco and Spanish forces dismantled a group suspected of recruiting for the Islamic State.

“Those arrested formed part of a network who recruited and sent fighters to join the ranks of the Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria and Iraq,” a statement from the interior ministry said.

It is the latest in a series of recent arrests made of people connected to the jihadist organization in Spain.

On Friday a Moroccan who had lived in Spain was arrested following a foiled attack on a high-speed French train.

Ayoub El Khazzani, 25, originally from Tetouan in northern Morocco, arrived in Spain in 2007 and lived there for seven years, moving between Algeciras in the south and Madrid, before travelling to France.

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France: Gunman ‘Visited Jihadist Site’ Before Train Attack

A Moroccan gunman who has been arrested after a foiled train attack in northern France looked at a jihadist website just hours before he boarded the train, investigation sources claim.

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Assad ‘Confident’ of Russian Support for Syria Regime

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad expressed “strong confidence” Tuesday that Russia will continue supporting his embattled regime, speaking in an interview with Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television network.

Assad also described as “legitimate” the presence in Syria of fighters from Hezbollah backing his forces.

The powerful Lebanese Shiite movement, along with Russia and Iran, have been Assad’s major allies since Syria’s revolt broke out in 2011…

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Could a Trash Crisis in Lebanon Bring Hezbollah to Power?

Trash has been piling up in the streets of Beirut for nearly two months. This weekend violence erupted in the Grand Serail in central Beirut with the Army rushing in with water cannons to quell the crowds; dozens were reported injured. An alleged non —sectarian activist group “You Stink” is directing its ire at the government, which lacks a President, usually a Maronite Christian in the confessional political system of Lebanon. The Sunni premier, Tammam Salam is under fire, as Cabinet Ministers rejected new tenders to end the trash dispute. Noteworthy is the alliance between Hezbollah’s and the Christian Maronite group Lebanon Forces are suggesting that a new government be elected, despite the postponement of a national election till 2017. Such is the topsy turvy politics in Lebanon’s enigmatic political system, given the overarching problems of contending with Hezbollah involvement in the Iranian regime backed alliance with Syria’s Assad. The Lebanese trash crisis gives new meaning to the well tuned phrase by 19th Century American journalist, Charles Dudley Warner: “politics make strange bedfellows.” Despite the alleged resilience and durability of the Lebanese confessional political system, could failure to obtain new tenders for the removal of stinking piles of trash on the streets of Lebanon’s cities result in Hezbollah emerging as the eminence grise behind a new government in Beirut?

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Erdogan Calls Fresh Elections in Turkey

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan Monday officially called fresh parliamentary elections, likely to be held 1 November. Erdogan’s AK party lost its majority in elections on 7 June, when a coalition of Kurds made it into Parliament for the first time, but has been unable to form a governing coalition.

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French President Hollande’s Message to Turkey: Strike ISIS Not Kurds

The revelations about the Moroccan Jihadi, who brave Americans, Brit and French took down on the Thayles fast train last Friday, clearly indicated Ayoub El-Kanazzi’s travels to Turkey, were to confer with alleged French ISIS fighters. Following the glowing tributes and medals bestowed at the Elysee Palace to Americans, Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler and Brit Chris Norman, French President turned his political attention to Turkey’s President Erdogan. He issued a statement today suggesting that Erdogan concentrate hitting ISIS targets instead of Kurdish PKK forces in both Syria and Iraq. Reuters reported these developments in an article, “France’s Hollande: Turkey Needs to Ramp up Islamic State Fight:”…

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ISIS Propaganda Images Purport to Show Destruction of Temple at Palmyra

The Islamic State group has released propaganda images that purport to show militants laying explosives in and then blowing up the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria’s ancient caravan city of Palmyra.

The images, posted Tuesday on social media by supporters of the group, showed the temple reduced to a pile of rocks. One caption read: “The complete destruction of the pagan Baalshamin temple.”

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Lebanon: 3 Dead as Hundreds Flee Palestinian Camp

Clashes between Al-Fatah fighters, Islamist group Al-Sham

BEIRUT — Hundreds of civilians living in the Ain Al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon have been forced to flee and seek refuge in the streets of the nearby city of Sidon, due to clashes underway for days between Al-Fatah fighters and members of the Islamist group Jund Al-Sham. Lebanese media reported the news, noting that the death toll from fighting on Monday night had risen to 3 and that at least about 20 had been injured. Ein El-Helweh, the largest Palestinian camp in Lebanon, has about 70,000 refugees and for years has been the site of clashes between fighters from Fatah, the party of Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas, and Palestinian Islamist factions. Tension rose again beginning on Saturday due to a failed attempt to assassinate a local Fatah leader. Rocket-launchers and heavy machine guns have been used in the fighting, which has caused severe damage to some homes.

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Saudi Arabia ‘Carrying Out One Execution Every Two Days’

Saudi Arabia is carrying out executions at a rate of one person every two days, according to a new report.

At least 102 people were executed in the first six months of this year compared to 90 in in the whole of 2014, said Amnesty International on Tuesday.

Most executions in Saudi Arabia are carried out by beheading, or in some cases by firing squad. Child offenders and mentally ill prisoners are among those who have been killed.

The group said the death penalty was being disproportionately used against foreign nationals, many of them migrant workers with no ability to understand Arabic — the language in which they are questioned while in detention and in which trial proceedings are carried out.

Under the conservative kingdom’s strict Islamic sharia legal code, drug trafficking, rape, murder, armed robbery and apostasy are all punishable by death.

[I wonder if this is “real” Islam eh]

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Saudi Arabia Executes 175 People in a Year — Amnesty

At least 175 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia in the past year after unfair trials lacking basic safeguards, Amnesty International says.

A new report alleges the Gulf kingdom’s “faulty justice system facilitates judicial executions on a mass scale”.

In many cases, it adds, defendants are denied access to a lawyer and in some they are convicted on the basis of “confessions” obtained under torture.

Amnesty’s report says that between January 1985 and June 2015, at least 2,208 people were executed in Saudi Arabia.

Almost half of those put to death were foreign nationals, many of whom the human rights group says were denied adequate translation assistance at trial and were made to sign documents — including confessions — which they did not understand.

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Turkey’s Top Religious Body Slams ‘Jedi Religion’

In an article for the latest edition of the Directorate of Religious Affairs’ (Diyanet) monthly magazine, Marmara University Assistant Professor Bilal Yorulmaz has warned of the spreading new “religion” of Jediism — the religion of the Jedi warriors in the Star Wars series.

“Jediism … is spreading today in Christian societies. Around 70,000 people in Australia and 390,000 people in England currently define themselves as Jedis,” Yorulmaz wrote, before engaging in an Islamic-based critique of a number of Hollywood blockbusters.

He also slammed Turkish theatre and cinema producers over what he described as the “ill-minded” presentation of religious people as “bad characters” and also giving Islamic-themed names to unintelligent characters…

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Russian Court Sentences Ukrainian Film-Maker Oleg Sentsov to 20 Years for ‘Terrorism’

Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian film-maker held in Russia on terror charges, has been sentenced to 20 years hard labour in a case decried by human rights groups and Western governments.

Mr Sentsov’s co-accused, Alexander Kolchenko, was also sentenced to 10 years in prison at the North Caucasus military district court in Rostov-on-Don.

Prosecutors originally asked for 23 years for Mr Sentsov and 12 for Mr Kolchenko.

The sentence follow a controversial trial that has been condemned in the West as an effort to put pressure on the Ukrainian government.

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Ukraine Crisis: Crimean Tatars Uneasy Under Russia Rule

For 300 years, the peninsula that bulges into the Black Sea was home to the Crimean Khanate. The Tatars remained a significant presence until Stalin ordered their mass deportation in 1944.

It was a brutal, collective punishment for the collaboration of some with the Nazis.

The Crimean Tatars began their difficult homecoming in the late 1980s and today make up some 12% of the population. But hostility lingers and the Tatars boycotted the referendum on joining Russia.

Whilst most ethnic Russians did approve, the Tatars’ stance dented the Kremlin’s assertion that it was following “the people’s choice”.

Today, Russian President Vladimir Putin talks of outside forces playing up ethnic tensions to “destabilise” Crimea.

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India: Still No Justice for Kandhamal’s Christians Seven Years After Pogroms

In August 2008, Hindu radicals unleashed anti-Christian violence.. The heartbreaking story of the widow of a man burned at the stake for his religious faith. The Global Council of Indian Christians provides legal and financial support to the families of victims.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) — Seven years after the violent anti-Christian pogroms in Kandhamal (Orissa State) in 2008, the killers of Rajesh Digal, burned alive by a mob of Hindu nationalists as he returned from work, remain at large and unknown.

Asmitha Digal’s wife (pictured) is still waiting for some form of compensation and the restitution of her husband’s remains. His body was thrown into a river to cover the traces of the crime.

This is according to the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), is providing financial and legal support to the families of victims of the most violent episode of persecution against Christians ever recorded in the country.

GCIC president Sajan K George, told AsiaNews: “Rajesh’s name is not included on the list of ‘missing persons’, since his body was never recovered and the remains of his ashes were scattered in a river. For this reason the family has not yet received compensation. We will fight to ensure justice to his wife Asmitha”.

Violence broke out in 2008 in Orissa following the death of Laxamananda Saraswati, a leader in Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a Hindu ultranationalist group, who was killed by a Marxist group.

Although Marxist rebels claimed responsibility for the murder from the start, Hindu activists turned their anger against the Christian minority, especially Dalits and Adivasi, in Kandhamal District.

As a result of the pogrom, 55,000 Christians fled. Some 5,600 homes in 415 villages were plundered and set on fire. According to government figures, 38 people were killed, two women were gang-raped and many people were left permanent physical injuries due to torture.

In August 2008, Rajesh, a local Christian, was returning home from work when he was blocked by a crowd of radical Hindus. The crowd surrounded him and ordered the man to confess his religious affiliation.

Since Rajesh did not deny his Christian faith, the group attacked him and took his bag, in which there was his personal Bible. At the sight of the sacred text, the mob started beating him savagely, until he was unconscious.

The radicals then dug a pit and threw Rajesh, who was still alive, into it setting him on fire. When the man cried out in agony, his murderers replied: “Call your God. He will save you.”

Asmitha, his widow, tells AsiaNews: “The crowd laughed at him for two days, for the fact that he had been burned alive. When he said ‘I am thirsty’, one of them urinated in his mouth. The crowd shouted, teased him, telling him: ‘Call Jesus so you can rise again”.

The woman said that her husband’s body was thrown into the waters of a river, so that the evidence could not be gathered. Moreover, none of those who were present at the time of the murder wanted to testify against the aggressors.

“Every year — she concludes — on the anniversary of his death, my suffering grows even more because I don’t even have a grave where my children and I can pray. This is my cross, I’ll carry it for a lifetime”.

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Indonesian Ulema Tell 42-Year-Old Man Named ‘God’ To Change His Name or Lose His Rights

Born in Banyuwangi, East Java, the man in the middle of the controversy was given the name Tuhan at birth. The latter means god in the local language. For religious extremists, he should pick an ordinary name or lose his basic rights. Any changes to his name is the purview of civil authorities.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) — The Indonesian Ulema Council (Majelis Ulama Indonesia or MUI) has attacked an Indonesian man because of his name, Tuhan, which means god (deity) in the local language, warning that unless he changed his name he could lose rights and services guaranteed by the state.

A carpenter by profession, Tuhan, 42, was born in Banyuwangi Regency (District), in East Java province. For the past few weeks, he has become famous on the internet and social media because of a dispute over his birth name, a controversy that has caused the ire of extremists.

Local sources said that the leader of the local MUI chapter, Kiai Hajj Abdussomad Bukhori, directly warned Tuhan to change his name and get one that is not controversial or open to misunderstanding.

For the radical Islamic leader, he “is violating (religious) ethics” and the authorities should give him “a new identity.” Otherwise, he should be denied certain basic rights, including “the ability to do business or open a bank account.”

The MUI leader is adamant that “Tuhan should not be used as a given name. The same goes for Satan.”

One example of what happens with names is Ghofur, which means ‘God the Merciful’. To avoid being called by that name, Abdul (follower) is placed before it, so that the name becomes ‘Follower of God, the Merciful’.

Hence, Bukhori went to the Vital Statistics Office to get Tuhan’s name struck off the register so that he can be denied basic services.

Surprised by the controversy surrounding his name, Tuhan (pictured) said he does not know why his parents gave him that name but that so far it had not caused him any trouble. “If possible I’d like to continue to be called Tuhan, since it has been part of my personal identity since birth,” he explained.

Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim nation. In recent years, local authorities have buckled under the pressure of the Ulema Council, which has claimed the right to act as the guardian of the nation’s morals and customs. One example of this is Aceh where women cannot wear tight pants or short skirts.

In March 2011, the Ulema Council also lashed out at flag raising “because Muhammad never did it.” Previously, the group had slammed Facebook, the popular online social networking service for being amoral, as well as yoga, smoking, and the right to vote, particularly for women.

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Pakistan: Faisalabad: Christian Family Forced to Flee From Place to Place After Wife Converts From Islam

Khurram Naveed, 33, a Christian man, and Sobia, 25, a Muslim woman, taught at the same school. Aided by Khurram, Sobia discovered Christianity and decided to be baptised. Since they got married and had two daughters, her parents, Muslim neighbours and imams have tried to convert them to Islam or face the consequences. The two are hoping to emigrate abroad.

Faisalabad (AsiaNews) — Khurram Naveed and his family have been on the run since he married a Muslim woman who converted to Christianity.

“Since we got married we have had to change places many times,” he explained. “Wherever we go, people ask about my beloved wife’s conversion. Sometimes, imams try to force us to convert to Islam, issuing terrible threats.”

“My wife, I and our children have had to flee from place to place. We feel threated as soon as people find out about by wife’s Muslim past. However, running from one place to another is not easy. There are so many problems.”

“Until now I have to change job six times,” he noted, “and finding new employment is not easy. But we need security for our life and we ask for help from the people of God.”

Their odyssey began when Khurram Naveed, a 33-year-old Christian man, and Sobia, 25, daughter of Muhammad Riaz, a resident of Jameel Park in Faisalabad, started to teach at ‘The Light Christian Primary School in 2009.

Since it was Christian schools, students and staff could take Bible courses. Sobia joined some Christians in one such courses and eventually was drawn to the Gospels and their teachings. She began reading the Bible and decided to embrace the Christian faith.

In order to share her impressions about Christianity and get some help to move towards it, Sobia asked for the help of another teacher, Khurram Naveed, who talked to a clergyman about the situation.

After several discussions with Sobia, and seeing that she was fully consenting in her belief, the pastor decided to baptise her when she reached the age of maturity at 21. Baptised on 9 January 2010, she took a new, Christian name, Mariam (Mary).

After conversion, she wanted to marry the young Christian man. On 20 April 2010, Khurram Naveed and Mariam eloped under Articles 32 and 54, section 9, of the Christian Marriage Act.

However, after their marriage, they could no longer live in Jameel Park. So, the couple fled to Farooqabad, a suburb of Faisalabad, where they were able to start their married life.

All went well for three years, until Mariam’s parents found their address in April 2015. The family did not go after them directly, but stirred the couple’s Muslim neighbours. They began to say that Mariam was Muslim, who had been kidnapped and converted by Khurram Naveed.

Neighbours continued to challenge the couple’s religion until some imam ordered them to convert to Islam or suffer the consequences.

After a few days, the Christian couple had to flee to another secret place, but Mariam’s parents found them again. And so they had to flee again, to another city, because they felt unsafe whenever people found out about their past. At present, they are hiding out at a secret place, along with their two daughters, Ramia, 4, and Eman, 2.

“Although the school was doing well and was highly respected, it was impossible to keep it open in the city after Sobia’s conversion,” said Rev Mukhtar Fazal, owner of ‘The Light Christian Primary School’. “I had to sell the building at half of its market value. My business was ruined even though I was not directly involved in the affair.”

“I pray for this Christian couple that they might find some quiet in our society. However, I hope that some Christians in the world might help them find some peace of mind. For me the only way out is for them to move to another country.”

Mariam spoke to AsiaNews about the difficulties of being Christian in Pakistan. “I became a Christian more than five years ago, but I still do not have my Christian identity card, as well as other papers,” she explained.

“If I go to some government office and ask for papers marked with my new faith, I could be threatened for converting to Christianity. Still, having the papers is crucial. Without them, we cannot enrol our daughters in school.”

“Since I am still registered as a Muslim, we are open to threats. I really hope someone will help us because it is now impossible to lead a free life. In any event, despite all these problems, we remain firm in our faith following the teaching of the Lord Jesus until the last breath,” she said. “I accepted Him in my heart and shall not go back.”

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Sumatran Rhino Goes Extinct in the Wild in Malaysia

The Sumatran rhino is now considered extinct in the wild in the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia, according to a new study.

No wild Sumatran rhinos (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) have been found on the Malaysian peninsula since 2007, and what are thought to be the last two female rhinos in Malaysian Borneo were caught and placed in captive breeding programs in 2011 and 2014.

Now, fewer than 100 of the species remain in the wild, researchers estimate, distributed among three wild populations on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

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China Cognac Lover Barred After Downing $190 Bottle in Airport Row

A Chinese plane passenger who was told she could not carry a $190 (£120) bottle of cognac on board downed it all rather than let it go to waste — and was then deemed unfit to fly.

The woman had bought the Remy Martin XO Excellence in the US and then tried to take it on board an internal flight from Beijing to Wenzhou.

But the 700ml bottle was far above the 100ml that security laws allow.

She became hugely drunk and was forced to sleep it off at Beijing airport.

The incident occurred at Beijing Capital International Airport last Friday.

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Japanese Cargo Ship Delivers Mice, Booze and More to Space Station

A robotic Japanese cargo ship made a special delivery to the International Space Station on Sunday (Aug. 24), ending a four-day trek to ferry tons of food, supplies — and even some mice and (experimental) liquor — to the orbiting lab.

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Report: 50 North Korean Submarines Vanish From Western Radar

This morning, it was reported that some 50 North Korean submarines stationed around the peninsula and visible to Western radar systems suddenly vanished, suggesting that the leader Kim Jong Un is preparing his forces for pre-emptive strike in the event that talks between the two nations fail.

North Korea seems to be stepping up preparations for a military provocation even as ongoing high-level talks seek to avert the worst.

More than 50 North Korean submarines have apparently been sent out on mystery missions, and artillery strength and warfare-readiness along the frontline have been raised to the max, a military source said Sunday.

That suggests the North has embraced a two-prong strategy tempering its traditional brinkmanship with diplomacy.

‘The current sortie rate of North Korean submarines is as high as 10 times the rate in ordinary times,’ a military official said. ‘Scores of subs that have left their bases on the eastern and western coasts are off our radar, which is an unprecedentedly serious situation.’

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Australian Cop Charged for Leaking Footage of Fellow Officers Beating Detainee

Gold Coast police officer Sergeant Rick Flori may spend up to seven years behind bars for leaking CCTV footage showing his fellow officers brutalizing a young chef, Noa Begic, while he was handcuffed in the Surfers Paradise Police Station basement.

Flori, who leaked the footage of the dramatic incident to the Brisbane Courier-Mail, was formally charged with misconduct in public office after being summoned to police headquarters in Brisbane last week, the newspaper reported. The footage taken in 2012 shows police officers slamming Begic’s face into the concrete floor before the 21-year-old is shoved into the back of a van and brutally punched a number of times by one cop while another holds him.

The video then shows Begic’s blood being routinely washed away by a senior-sergeant who would later quit the force before any adverse findings were made by internal investigators. The senior-constable who threw the punches was only given a suspended dismissal, according to the Courier-Mail. The other two officers involved were reportedly not disciplined at all.

Section 91A of the Queensland Criminal Code 1899 makes it an offence for a public officer, including a police officer, to release information gained as a result of their office. The prosecution must now prove that the act was done with the intention of dishonestly gaining a benefit for Flori or another person, or dishonestly causing a detriment to another person, Sydney Criminal Lawyers report.

The victim of the bashing, Begic, was arrested and charged with ‘public nuisance’ and ‘obstructing police’. The charges against him were later dropped and he won a confidential settlement from the Queensland Police Service, the newspaper reported. After his charges were dropped in June 2012, Begic said it would be ‘a disgrace’ if the officer who leaked the video was punished.

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Tiny Trackers Could Help Solve Global Bee Death Mystery

An international group of scientists, beekeepers, farmers and technology companies is using cutting-edge technology to help find out why honey bee populations around the world are crashing.

Miniscule sensors have been glued to the backs of 10,000 healthy honey bees around the world to help understand why huge numbers of bees are dying.

Like electronic tags that track the movement of cars through toll roads, these tiny trackers send information back to receivers half the size of a credit card that are strategically placed at bee hives.

Australian researchers involved in the global research project compare the sensor to an adult carrying a backpack, weighing about a third of what a honey bee can carry.

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China State-Owned Arms Firm Sold $20 Million in Weapons to South Sudan During Conflict

A U.N. panel of experts says a major Chinese state-owned arms supplier sold more than $20 million of weapons to South Sudan’s government last year, several months into the country’s deadly conflict.

The experts’ report was made public Tuesday. It says China North Industries Corp., or Norinco, sold South Sudan’s government 100 anti-tank guided missile launchers, 1,200 missiles, about 2,400 grenade launchers, nearly 10,000 automatic rifles and 24 million rounds of various types of ammunition.

The report also says South Sudan’s military has somehow obtained four attack helicopters since the start of the conflict. It had none before then.

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Human Ancestors May Have Butchered Animals 3.4 Million Years Ago

Cut marks on two 3.4-million-year-old animal bones from Ethiopia were thought to be evidence that the beasts had been trampled by other animals long ago, but new research suggests that’s not the case.

The new results debunk one theory for how the bones got their marks, and support — but do not, on their own, definitively prove — the alternative hypothesis that ancient human ancestors cut the bones. If that latter hypothesis turns out to be true, it would mean hominins — the group of species that consists of humans and their relatives after the split from the chimpanzee lineage — were butchering animals 800,000 years earlier than scientists had previously thought.

Combined with recent evidence that human predecessors used stone tools about 3.3 million years ago, the new study could help change the picture of human ancestors of the genus Australopithecus, whose members include the famous “Lucy” skeleton.

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Zim’s White Farmers Brace Themselves for More Land Grabs

The Zimbabwe government took a major step towards eliminating the once-thriving white commercial farming sector this week by gazetting 23 of the remaining 300 farms owned by white Zimbabweans for expropriation.

The planned seizures in the Matabeleland North and South provinces were announced despite an admission by Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party that it had failed to compensate more than 96% of white farmers already dispossessed since 2000, regardless of a constitutional obligation to do so.

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Honduras Teenage Girl Wakes Up in Coffin After Being Buried Alive by Mistake

Footage has emerged showing grieving family members breaking through the concrete tomb from where Neysi Perez, 16, had been heard ‘banging and screaming’ in Honduras.

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Austria: People Smuggler Sedated Refugee Children

Police in Burgenland have arrested a suspected people smuggler — after he was found with 30 refugees in the back of his van, including several young children who had been sedated.

The 37-year-old man told the police he had given the children a sedative to keep them quiet.

He was arrested on Sunday morning after witnesses called police and reported seeing the refugees and their children crammed into the back of the van between Weiden and Podersdorf.

Police tracked the van down and arrested the driver in Mönchhof. He is being held in custody in Eisenstadt.

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Austria: Scores Injured in Migrant Smuggling Van Crash

Thirty-seven people have been injured after two vans smuggling refugees crashed into each other in Burgenland. This is the latest in a series of road accidents involving people smugglers and refugees — on Friday 24 people were injured in a crash in Lower Austria.

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Austria: Migrant Crisis a ‘Humanitarian Disaster’

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz described Europe’s refugee crisis as a “humanitarian disaster” on Monday and called for a new strategy to tackle the growing influx.

Visiting the frontier between Greece and Macedonia, a new flashpoint in the crisis, Kurz also deplored the “lack of checks on migrants” within the European Union.

“It’s a humanitarian disaster, a disaster for the European Union as a whole, and there is a pressing need for us to focus on the situation in the western Balkans,” he told reporters.

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Balkan Migrant Emergency Shifts to Serbia

23,000 arrive in 2 weeks, situation improving in Macedonia

(ANSA) — BELGRADE — The migrant emergency in the Balkans has shifted to Serbia, where hundreds are arriving every day after Macedonia decided not to block the border with Greece, resulting in an improvement of the situation along the Gevgelija border. Over 23,000 migrants have arrived over the past two weeks and almost 90,000 since the beginning of the year. Over the past weekend, some 10,000 migrants have crossed into Serbia’s southern Presevo region, which has an Albanian Muslim-majority population. Among them are many women and children, with entire families willing to walk hundreds of kilometers to flee the war and desolation of their home countries. On Sunday night alone, 70 buses crammed with migrants arrived carrying mostly refugees from the war zones of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. There are also some Pakistani, Sri Lankan and African migrants arriving. The number is large for a country with only 7.5 million inhabitants that has not yet become an EU member and with very limited funds. Nevertheless, Serbia for the moment seems to be responding in a composed manner to the humanitarian emergency. Four migrant reception centers have been set up: two in the south, in Presevo and Miratovac, and two in the north along the country’s borders with Hungary in Kanidjia and Subotica. Hungary is the country where almost all of the refugees plan to go, to then move on towards Austria, Germany, Sweden, France and other northern European countries. However, to get into the country it is necessary to get over a four-meter-high metallic and barbed wire fence that the conservative government under Viktor Orban built as a ‘defensive’ measure along the entire 175-kilometer border with Serbia. The fence, which was initially to have been completed in November, was sped up and will be finished by the end of August.

Once in Serbia, refugees and migrants can request asylum, but most of them get a 72-hour temporary stay permit to be able to cross Serbian territory and reach Hungary.

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Belgium: “Asylum Crisis: Every Country Has to Step in!”

The Belgian State Secretary for Asylum and Migration, Theo Francken, thinks that the present European asylum policies are going the wrong way. “5 or 6 European countries are now accommodating over 80 per cent of the total number of asylum seekers, which is untenable”, Francken told the VRT’s current affairs TV show Terzake yesterday evening. Belgium meanwhile can’t cope with the big influx. Applicants have to be refused almost on a daily basis.

Belgium meanwhile can hardly cope with the influx of refugees. As most people hail from war-torn countries — 93 per cent comes from countries like Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan — a majority of them is being granted a residence permit.

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Benefits Are Luring False Asylum-Seekers to EU, Says Serbian PM

Benefits paid to asylum-seekers are to blame for the large numbers of migrants trying to get into the EU from Serbia, the country’s prime minister has said.

Aleksandar Vucic called on Germany to reduce its financial provision for migrants from the western Balkans as a way to solve the “problem” of migrants quickly.

Migrants from the Balkans account for 45 per cent of asylum applications in Germany.

They outnumber genuine refugees from Syria, with 29,747 applying for asylum from Kosovo in the first five months of 2015, compared to 26,250 from Syria.

German authorities complain they are using up valuable resources which would be better spent on genuine refugees.

“We ask that German financial assistance for refugees from the western Balkans is significantly reduced,” Mr Vucic told Germany’s Handelsblatt newspaper in an interview.

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Czech Minister Wants NATO to Help Guard EU Against Migrants

Babis minister, are the biggest threat to Europe

(ANSA-AP) — PRAGUE — The Czech Republic’s finance minister has called for NATO to get involved in helping protect the European Union’s external border against the influx of migrants. Andrej Babis says “we have to defend the Schengen (borderless) zone. We have to engage NATO.” Talking on Czech public television on Tuesday, Babis called the migrants, most of whom are fleeing bloody conflicts, “the biggest threat to Europe.” Unlike some other EU states, the Czech Republic has not been significantly hit by the recent wave of asylum-seekers, though numbers have been on the rise. In June, the Czech Republic was one of the countries that helped block a proposed plan for EU member countries to take in set numbers of the refugees arriving in the EU.

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Europe ‘Must Open Official Channels for Migrants’

European leaders should do more to open up and help migrants instead of using language that dismisses their rights, a UN expert on migrant rights has said.

Talking about “marauders” and “swarms” was an unsubtle way of dismissing their legitimacy, said Francois Crepeau.

European countries should open official channels and their labour markets to migrants because building fences would not stop them coming, he said.

On Monday, a record number of refugees crossed into Hungary from Serbia.

A total of 2,093 migrants, the highest ever daily total, crossed the border near the town of Roszke, a police statement quoted by AFP news agency said.

Hungary, a European Union member, is erecting a fence to keep out the migrants, with 110km (68 miles) of the 175km fence now in place.

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Europe Still Has Time to Help Greece With Its Refugee Crisis

As Greece ran off the edge of the fiscal cliff this summer another crisis loomed that had been marginalized by the media in favor of Greece’s drama with its creditors.

This was the migrant crisis which has stymied Europe for the past two years and has transformed into a European wide humanitarian crisis that nobody really knows how to deal with.

The numbers are staggering: 124,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Greece since January, a 750 percent increase from the previous year. Hundreds of millions of euros have been earmarked to help Greece and other EU nations deal with the problem but all the while overburdened boats sink to the depths of the Mediterranean and Aegean taking with them the lives of thousands.

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Europe Risks Becoming ‘Rescue Boat That Sinks Beneath the Weight of Those Clinging Onto it’

Janos Lazar, chief of staff for Hungary’s Right-wing prime minister Viktor Orban, lashed out at the EU for not doing enough — despite the European Commission pledging nearly €8 million (£5.83 million) in aid and various other measures for Hungary.

“The European Union distributes border protection funds in a humiliating way,” he said. “Old member states have nicked the money from new members.

“If we do not take meaningful steps, we will become a rescue boat that sinks beneath the weight of those clinging onto it.”

More than 100,000 migrants, many of them refugees from conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, have entered Hungary, part of the Schengen zone of passport-free travel, this year — en route to the more affluent countries of western and northern Europe.

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Finns Party Parliamentary Chair: More Resources Needed for Processing Asylum Seekers

Finns Party parliamentary chair Sampo Terho has called for more resources to process the growing wave of asylum seekers entering Finland. Speaking on Yle’s A-studio discussion programme Monday night, Terho said that Finland must abide by international agreements and EU directives.

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Germany and France Want Unified Asylum Response

France and Germany are pushing for a more unified asylum system, as Berlin opens its doors to Syrians.

On Monday (24 August) in Berlin, French president Francois Hollande and German chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to step up efforts on sharing the increased numbers of migrants entering the EU.

“Germany and France expect all member states to implement fully the right of asylum”, said Merkel.

Hollande said in a statement that “a unified system for the right to asylum” is needed.

“Rather than wait, we should organise and reinforce our policies, and that is what France and Germany are proposing”.

With Germany projecting to receive some 800,000 asylum applications this year as the numbers of people seeking refuge in Europe surge, the meeting came after Berlin suspended point-of-entry rules under the EU’s so-called Dublin regulation for Syrians.

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Germany Drops EU Rules to Allow in Syrian Refugees

Germany has quietly stopped enforcing European Union rules under which Syrians fleeing the civil war face deportation, it has emerged, as thousands of migrants continued to pour through the Balkans towards Western Europe on Monday.

The move came as Chancellor Angela Merkel and her counterpart Francois Hollande called for an overhaul of the EU’s asylum system, following emergency talks on the migrant crisis in Berlin.

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Germany Challenges EU to Agree on Refugee Plan

Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel published a 10-point plan on Monday to reform the way Europe deals with refugees.

“Never before have so many people fled political persecution and war as today, many of whom seek refuge here with us in Europe,” the two Social Democratic Party (SPD) politicians wrote in an article detailing the plan.

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Hungary Claims Record Daily Migrant Intake

Hungarian police have said that a record number of migrants crossed the Serbian-Hungarian border on Monday. According to officials, 2,093 people made the journey.

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Hungary Registered More Than 100,000 Refugees in 2015

Modified: Aug 25, 2015 at 1:16 pm

BUDAPEST — Police in Hungary reported Tuesday that a record number of refugees had crossed into the country, while the United Nations refugee agency said it estimated thousands more people were following a similar path.

Hungary has registered more than 100,000 refugees in 2015, more than double the number from last year. Authorities said nearly 2,100 crossed the border Monday, the highest number to do so in a single day.

Hungary is racing to finish a border fence to keep out migrants who journey across Serbia to make it to the European Union member.

Thousands of refugees, mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are following that path after crossing the Mediterranean to land in Greece. Police in Macedonia initially prevented them from passing through that country, but after clashes on Friday and Saturday the migrants were able to pass through to Serbia.

The UNHCR said Tuesday that it expects 3,000 more people a day will cross from Greece to Macedonia in the next few days. The agency stressed the need for humane treatment, and said that the situation in Europe will not change as long as conditions in Syria and Iraq do not change. It called attention to the $7.5 billion the U.N. has said it needs to help Syrian refugees this year, with pledges so far totaling only 30 percent of that total.

Meanwhile, Francois Crepeau, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, said Tuesday that Europe is failing in its response and needs a new migration policy that emphasizes mobility.

“Let’s not pretend that what the EU and its member states are doing is working,” Crepeau said in a statement. “Building fences, using tear gas and other forms of violence against migrants and asylum seekers, detention, withholding access to basics such as shelter, food or water and using threatening language or hateful speech will not stop migrants from coming or trying to come to Europe.”

Crepeau said Europe needs to pursue a resettlement program for refugees like those who have fled Syria and Eritrea, saying that kind of program would not only help countries prepare for people they chose to let in but also affect the markets of smugglers who are currently taking people on the dangerous route to reach Europe.

The International Organization for Migration says more than 250,000 refugees have crossed by sea to Europe this year, mostly landing in Italy and Greece. Nearly 2,400 people have died making the journey.

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Italy: Asylum-Seekers Protest Over Living Conditions

About 100 asylum-seekers protested on Monday over poor living conditions at a Red Cross refugee centre in the outskirts of Milan as Europe grapples with an unprecedented influx of migrants.

Holding pieces of cardboard saying “we’re tired, we want our documents”, they also called for Italy to give them residency permits, Corriere reported.

The impromptu demonstration was captured below.

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Italy and Greece Must Act Now on Migrants: Merkel

Italy and Greece — two countries which have borne the brunt of the migrant crisis — must set up registration centres to help identify asylum-seekers and illegal migrants as soon as possible, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.

Her comments came after a summit with French President Francois Hollande, during which they called for a unified response to Europe’s biggest migrant crisis since the Second World War, as a new wave of refugees began entering the EU from Serbia.

Merkel stressed that the centres must be set up at the first ports of call to be administered and staffed by the EU as a whole by the end of the year.

“We cannot tolerate a delay,” she said.

The slow progress by Italy in processing the asylum claims prompted 100 asylum seekers at a reception centre in Milan to stage a road-blocking protest on Monday.

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Italy Saves Lives Even if it Costs Votes Says Renzi

‘Pro and anti Berlusconi rows have blocked reforms for 20 years’

(ANSA) — Rimini, August 25 — Italy will keep on saving lives in the Mediterranean even if it costs the government in terms of electoral support, Premier Matteo Renzi vowed on his return to political action after the summer break Tuesday.

In a wide-ranging speech on his first visit to the annual gathering of the influential lay Catholic activist group Comunione e Liberazione (Communion and Liberation, CL), Renzi also promised to press on with a reform programme he said has been blocked by 20 years of rows pro and against former premier and media magnate Silvio Berlusconi. Alongside key reforms to make Italy easier to govern, Renzi also pledged to keep on cutting taxes over the next three years.

Commenting on the migrant emergency in the Mediterranean, where Italy is in the front line along with Greece, the premier said: “First we’ll save human lives even at the cost of losing votes. “It’s a question of civilisation.” Renzi’s Democratic Party (PD) has been falling in the polls after the government stepped up migrant-rescue efforts, while the anti-immigrant Northern League has been surging.

(In related news Tuesday, the EU said an initial total of 40,000 migrants to be relocated among member countries was far too small.) Promising to plough ahead with the ambitious reform programme he has staked his political legacy on, Renzi said: “It wont be simply with reforms that Italy will rediscover its identity but reforms are the premise” for that recovery. “The package of reforms we are trying to enact from the Jobs Act (labour reform) to institutional ones (scrapping the Senate), from the electoral law (giving a clear winner) to the reorganisation of the civil service, from school reform to the civil liability of magistrates…the attempt is to get Italy to make up for lost time,” he said. “Italy can play a role in a changing Europe but provided it itself changes,” he said.

Such reforms have been blocked for the last 20 years by the squabbling pro-Berlusconi and anti-Berlusconi blocs, Renzi argued.

Renzi said that the so-called Second Republic — ushered in by the political-establishment wipeout sparked by the Bribesville probes, followed by media magnate Berlusconi’s first rise to power — had “over the last 20 years turned into a permanent ideological row which lost sight of the common good and while the world was racing ahead it remained stuck in sterile internal discussions”.

In a dig at Salvini, who has vowed to bring Italy to a three-day standstill in an anti-migrant protest in November, Renzi said “there are those who want to block Italy…Italy needs to start moving again…it’s been blocked for 20 years”.

The same period of time, 20 years, have meanwhile been lost on EU strategy and the Mediterranean, Renzi said. “When we speak about strategy for the EU perhaps 20 years have been lost, when we speak about the Mediterranean we aren’t talking about an EU frontier but the heart of the EU, but there hasn’t been enough attention of politics in considering the Mediterranean the heart of EU debate, we took a cross-eyed view”, he said. In other EU foreign-policy remarks, Renzi hailed the United States as the ‘pole star’ of the West but termed EU policy “against Russia” an “error”.

The premier went on to unveil his tax-cutting plans on a visit to the Marche seaside town of Pesaro.

The municipal service tax TASI and the IMU property tax will be abolished next year, Renzi said. “It’s not possible to keep on playing this game,” he said.

Renzi, who has already slashed the regional tax on business IRAP, said his tax-cutting programme would continue in 2017 when the IRES business tax will be cut to 24%, “below Spain” in 2017. Then, in 2018, “we can intervene on IRPEF (personal income tax),” he said.

Renzi said that taxation in Italy was “over the top”. He said taxes had to be cut to restore “social equity”. The premier said this would take more than a year and it was not a question of “gaining consensus”.

Eliminating IMU is a hobby-horse of Berlusconi and Salvini and the League leader reacted by tweeting: “He (Renzi) is copying the centre right. Ridiculous!” In other remarks to the CL meeting, Renzi reiterated his opposition to the direct election of Senators when the upper house is turned into a regional body according to a linchpin of his moves to reboot Italy’s slow, costly political machinery.

A sizeable minority of the PD is opposed to abolishing the direct election of Senators and there are fears he might not have a majority to pass the reform.

“There are those who complain that the direct election (of Senators) is lacking but more voting doesn’t (automatically) mean more democracy, that’s the Telegatto (annual TV awards),” Renzi said.

“We need to create political decision makers, it isn’t by multiplying posts that you multiply democracy. It’s an incredible argument,” he said. A Renzi visit to L’Aquila later, still recovering from an earthquake six years ago, was disrupted by demonstrators protesting an alleged lack of government action to get the city fully back on its feet.

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Keep Borders Open, Pleads EU Chief: Juncker Says Removal of Checkpoints Between 26 Nations is ‘One of Our Very Greatest Achievements’

Europe’s most senior official defended the EU’s passport-free travel zone yesterday in defiance of mounting criticism that the absence of border controls is fuelling the migrant crisis.

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said the Schengen area of 26 countries that have removed all checkpoints between each other was ‘one of our very greatest achievements’.

A number of European leaders have raised concerns that hundreds of thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Italy and Greece are able to travel freely to other areas — including Calais, en route to Britain — because there are no borders.

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Mass Immigration and the Undoing of Europe

by Vijeta Uniyal

In Germany, where traffickers are now dropping off illegal immigrants on Autobahns, authorities have reacted — not by trying to intercept or discourage traffickers, but by putting up new road signs alerting drivers of potential pedestrians on the highway.

Last month alone, more migrants landed on the shores of Greece than in the whole of 2014.

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Migrant Crisis to Hijack Western Balkans Summit

Europe’s raging migrant crisis is set to hijack a summit in Vienna of leaders from the western Balkans region on Thursday that will also be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

When it was announced a year ago, the gathering of a slew of heads of government and ministers as well as EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was meant to be about regional cooperation and prospects for joining the EU.

But the “western Balkans route” has now become one of the main ways into the European Union for the several hundreds of thousands of migrants entering the bloc this year in Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Some 102,000 migrants entered the EU via Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro or Kosovo between January and July this year, versus just 8,000 for the same period in 2014, according to EU border agency Frontex.

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Norway: Oslo Police Slammed for Roma Discrimination

The police in Oslo are often racist and discriminate against Roma and African homeless people, a damning new report from Norway’s National Institute for Human Rights has found.

According to the report, Roma and African rough sleepers are more than twice as likely to be moved on as white European homeless people.

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Number of Foreigners Living in Britain Will Top Eight Million for the First Time, Says Report

Britain’s foreign-born population is set to top eight million for the first time ever in official figures to be published this week, according to Oxford University.

The Migration Observatory, a group of independent academic experts at the prestigious institution, predicted the landmark will be reached in data to be published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Thursday.

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On the Balkan Route

From Turkey to the Greek islands and from there through the Balkans to Hungary: thousands of people who flee their war-torn homes hope to make it to western Europe this way. Our reporters met six of them.

Mohammed from Syria

The Kurdish English teacher fled the war in Syria and now has to deal with chaotic circumstances at the train station of Gevgelija, a small town in Macedonia. He wants to be registered here so he can continue to Serbia via train or taxi. He knows where he wants to end up and asks: “When you are in Germany, can you work in English, too?”

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Refugee Influx Poses New Challenges for German Pediatrics

Rising numbers of refugees have proved to be a major challenge for physicians as well as government authorities. Treating children can be tricky, points out pediatrician Eckard Hamelmann.

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Refugees Race Into Hungary as Border Fence Nears Completion

Thousands of refugees, most fleeing wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have been snaking northward through the Balkans in recent days, confronting a Europe woefully unprepared to deal with them at every step.

Most endured a perilous crossing to Greece aboard rafts and boats, some barely fit to sail. They traversed Greece, a nation paralyzed by economic crisis and too poor to handle a flow of people that in July was the highest on record. At the border with Macedonia late last week, they trudged through a wall of riot police, who fought them back with tear gas before relenting. Now, the asylum-seekers, thousands a day, are racing into Hungary, which is rushing to complete a barbed-wire border fence by the end of the month to force them to seek other routes.

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Times Reports ANSA Arranged-Marriage Terror Reportage

Dossier and witnesses on risk of terrorist infiltration

(ANSA) — London, August 24 — An investigation by ANSA into the risks of terrorist infiltration of arranged marriages that anti-terrorist investigators are probing has been picked up by the Times of London newspaper in its online and print issues.

The investigation denounces the existence in Rome of an organisation that has erected a system of arranged marriages between indigent Italians and immigrants so that they can obtain residence permits.

Two days after the July 11 terror attack in Cairo two urgent requests reached the organisation offering double payments, especially for a Syrian who concluded his negotiation while waiting in the desert.

In general migrants pay the network several thousand euros for arranging a marriage with an Italian citizen.

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UN Says 7,000 Migrants Have Crossed Into Serbia From Macedonia Since Friday

More than 7,000 migrants have crossed into Serbia from Macedonia since Friday, according to the U.N.

After arriving in the small, southern border town of Miratovac, they faced a three-mile walk to a reception centre where they could receive food, medical aid and the documents they need to continue travelling through Serbia.

Those processed by the overcrowded asylum center now have three days to reach northern Serbia on buses and trains.

More than 90,000 people have entered Serbia so far this year, 23,000 of them in the past 14 days.

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‘Walls and Tear Gas Won’t Stop Migrants’, UN Rapporteur

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, called on the European Union Tuesday to establish a human rights-based, coherent and comprehensive migration policy with mobility as its central tenet. ‘‘Building fences, using tear gas and other forms of violence against migrants and asylum seekers, detention, withholding access to basics such as shelter, food or water and using threatening language or hateful speech will not stop migrants from coming or trying to come to Europe,’’ he said in a statement issued in Geneva. Underscoring that migration ‘‘is here to stay’’, he added that ‘‘territorial sovereignty is about controlling the border, knowing who comes in and who leaves. It has never been about sealing the border to migration’’ ‘‘Democratic borders are porous by nature. Providing migrants and asylum seekers with legal and safe mobility solutions will ensure such a control,’’ he said.

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With ‘Anchor Babies,’ Another Distraction for Jeb Bush’s Campaign

Immigrant groups are picketing his events. His recent remarks on “anchor babies” have outraged Latino and Asian groups. Democrats are attacking him in both English and Spanish.

More trouble for Donald Trump? No, the target of all this ire is Jeb Bush.

The former Florida governor’s decision to defend the term “anchor babies” — a term widely deemed offensive by Hispanics and other minorities — has ignited new attacks against him from Democrats and taunts from Trump, his top GOP rival.

The criticism comes amid Bush’s continuing struggle to gain traction in a Republican primary race that he was widely expected to dominate, but which is now defined by Trump as the clear front-runner.

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Planned Parenthood’s Supporters: Unhinged Satanists Who “Drown” Women in Milk — Video

Ever wondered who supports Planned Parenthood aside from rabid elitist leftists like Hillary Clinton? Here’s your answer, devil worshipping Satanists.

In the wake of the Planned Parenthood organ harvesting scandal, hundreds of thousands of Americans in cities all over the country took part in protests this past weekend.

The Satanists declared that their ‘demonstration’ was a counter protest in support of the abortion giant. The milky waterboarding of women was designed to “illustrate the theocratic agenda imposed upon female bodies — according to the Detroit based ‘Satanic Temple’ group.

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Nanotube Implants Show Diagnostic Potential

Devices could track insulin levels in the body or sniff out cancerous cells.

The future of medical sensors may be going down the tubes. Chemists are developing tiny devices made from carbon nanotubes wrapped with polymers to detect biologically important compounds such as insulin, nitric oxide and the blood-clotting protein fibrinogen. The hope is that these sensors could simplify and automate diagnostic tests.

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4 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/25/2015

  1. The French don’t count Muslims in their sleep walk to partition. It is unbelievable that they don’t do train security either. Even the Spanish who have grabbed defeat from the mouth of their ancestor’s success by importing Muslim helter-skelter a la euro, have some train security. Come to think of it it’s the same stupid all over. Christians and Jews and all the indigenous Islamohobes are the problem. Not the peaceful Muslim killers. (!?!). Mad.

  2. “Vos et ipsam civitatem benedicimus”
    In 2015 – How ironic

    Migrants found dead on ship. Mohammedans fleeing former Christian lands that were turned into mohammedan hell holes in the early times of mohammedans, determined to going to – still – Christian lands, now, all being destroyed by mohammedans in 2015.

    MSM are using a photo of the Swedish ship Poseidon – Greek god of war – at the port of Messina, Italy, where the Latin message is seen in capital letters, maybe more to the point than intended?
    text

    “We bless you and your city”

    from a letter the Virgin Mary sent to the population of Messina in the year 42. Legend has it that the Apostle Paul came to Messina around this time to convert the Sicilians to Christianity. A quote

  3. Dr Gordon Noble, a Senior Lecturer in archaeology at the University of Aberdeen, said their excavations would focus on the area around where the Rhynie Man was first found by local farmer Kevin Alston at Barflat and around the Craw Stane, another Pictish standing stone.

    He said: “We did significant work at Rhynie in 2011/12 and identified that the area was a high-status and possibly even royal Pictish site.

    “We found many long distance connections such as pottery from the Mediterranean, glass from France and Anglo-Saxon metal work with evidence to suggest that intricate metalwork was produced on site.

    “Over the years many theories have been put forward about the Rhynie Man. However, we don’t have a huge amount of archaeology to back any of these up so we want to explore the area in which he was found in much greater detail to yield clues about how and why he was created, and what the carved imagery might mean.”

    http://www.abdn.ac.uk/news/8083/

    Just along the road from Rhynie is the Dunnydeer hill fort, history not known.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/megalithicmatt/sets/72157604338919740/

    And yes, I have been up that hill. Great photos there btw.

    Also the Roman camp at Ythan Wells …

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ythan_Wells

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